Lemon, Basil, Mushroom, Bacon Stovetop Mac

Lemon, Basil, Mushroom, Bacon Stovetop Mac

Say that five times fast…

Lately I find myself craving comfort, in my waking moments, during the day, within my food. As a food blogger I suppose it’s perfectly acceptable to eat my feelings from time to time. There’s a lot going on in my life and the world right now. And because a mac n cheese post isn’t the time to go into all that, I’ll only say that I wish anyone out there reading this, all the love and positivity. Be kind to people. Be there for people. You never know just how you might impact someone’s day.

Ingredients

  • For the Potato Chip Topping
  • 2 cups lightly crushed potato chips
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 Tbsp. minced basil
  • For the Mushrooms
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lb. crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • For the Béchamel
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • ¼ tsp. white pepper
  • 3 cups milk, divided
  • Pinch fresh grated nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. Lemon zest
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups grated cheese (I used gouda and white cheddar)
  • For the Mac
  • 12 oz. cooked bacon, rough chopped
  • 1 lb. pasta, cooked and drained
  • ¾ cup chopped basil
  • Fresh cracked black pepper for serving
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